Smart speakers and dog treats added to UK inflation basket – business live


Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers join Britain’s inflation basket, but envelopes and complete dog food is out

Here’s the Financial Times’s take on the inflation basket changes:

The ONS, which set out this year’s changes on Monday, said people were now spending more on bakeware, perhaps due to the success of TV cookery programmes. The inclusion of smart speakers is intended to reflect new technology; with other additions reflecting changing eating habits — flavoured tea, which now fills shelves in supermarket aisles, and popcorn, which is no longer confined to cinema trips.

Statisticians are also catching up with changing domestic fashions: sofas replace outdated three-piece suites for lounge furniture; and dinner plates replace traditional matching crockery sets.

Smart speakers and popcorn added to UK inflation basket in 2019

Britain’s inflation foot soldiers have also been asked to track the price of children’s fiction suitable for 6 to 12 years of age.

This closes a gap in the coverage of books between illustrated books for infants and teenage literature, says the ONS.

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